A Doll for Life

Buying a doll made by the women at the Q’ewar project means you will have a beautiful handmade doll that can be kept a life time and passed down the generations. You are also helping support and change the life men, women and children in Peru.  It is ‘a doll for life’. Each doll is hand made with love and care and carries its own story from its maker along with it own unique look and “personality”. Hopefully each and every doll will end up in the hands of a loving child (or adult) and make a difference to their life too.

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Hilda’s story – how buying a doll can help the lives of women working at the project!

Please note: Hilda has given permission for her story and the photos below to be published on this website in hope of expanding awareness of the Q’ewar Project. Hopefully it will also increase sales of the dolls throughout the world and allow more women like herself to continue to work in a safe and friendly environment and let them to become more independent and able to support their families.

In 2012, Hilda who works for and makes dolls at the Q’ewar Project, mother of 2 small children at the time, was abandoned by her husband who was physically abusing her.

By our standards, Hilda’s house she was renting was unbelievable. It was one room with uneven dirt floors and no windows. The sleeping area was separated from the rest of the room by a plastic tarp. The second floor was unfinished and inhabited by rats. The roof damage was so bad that Hilda had to use a plastic tarp to stop rain and rubble falling down. There was running water but only in the yard. Hilda could not think about a toilet and shower.

Hilda’s wage from working at the project only allows her to pay for food and basics for her children. It doesn’t permit her to save money. Hilda’s father was able to give her a plot of land. However, construction of a mud-brick house in this area costs about 10,000 soles (about $AUD3350). But the plot was on a flood area. To prevent a house being washed away in the rainy season, the foundation, at least, had to be made out of cement. Extra money was needed for this as well.

Little Chips Handicrafts who distributes the dolls in Australia and her family members donated enough money to build a house for Hilda.
Hilda now lives in her new home (above) with her new partner whom she has had a baby with recently plus her other 2 children.

If you would like to help or donate please contact us.

 Why do children love dolls?

Most children love dolls. The doll is an important toy in a child’s life. The child will play and play with their doll, changing its clothes, cuddling it, being a Mother to the doll, taking it wherever they go. Below is a piece taken from “The relationship to the doll” by Bernadette Raichle who wrote the book “Creating a Home for Body, Soul and Spirit – a New Approach to Childcare”. It explains well why a doll can be such an important toy in a child’s life.

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“No house built would be complete without one or two (sometimes more) “babies” to care for. Often a high chair will be brought to the morning table – complete with a bib and drinking cup – not for [the child] but for a dolly!. The child does not distinguish between what is play and what is real, because they are one and the same. The child totally, and with his whole being embraces the dolly and cares for it, his soul experiencing the image of the human being. With this conscious, yet profound experience, the child’s journey into life and further development is strengthened and deepened.

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Above all the doll provides the child with the possibility of being supported in his need to become, to enter the world of relationship that begins with mother and father, brother and sister. The doll has the potential to become the child’s first special friend because hidden from the unseeing eye of the adult are archetypal mysteries, so tangible to the child and his dreaming world of heaven and earth.”

Click here to read the whole article.

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All photographs of children playing with the dolls have been taken by Annie Angle and used here with full permission of the parents of the children. Many thanks to the children and parents for allowing this to happen.